Cal Clutterbuck beat Tuukka Rask with a wrist shot from between the circles at 2:22 of the third period to lead the Wild over the Bruins, 3-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. Bruins nemesis Jose Theodore stopped 35-of-36 shots on the night to improve to 8-1-0 in his last nine games against Boston. Mikko Koivu added an empty-netter with 42.2 seconds remaining to seal the win for Minnesota. 

 

The Bruins held an optional morning skate in anticipation of Thursday night's game against the Wild. The following players skated for the B's:

 

 

Forwards: Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell.

 

Defensemen: Steven Kampfer, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid

 

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas

 

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly visit with the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and the NHL.

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said following the team's practice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday that he feels comfortable using both rookie Tyler Seguin and veteran Patrice Bergeron interchangeably at center on the second line. Given both players' experience at wing, Julien trusts either one at either position on their line with Mark Recchi. 

 

Monday night in Toronto, Julien gave Seguin, who has typically played the wing with Bergeron and Recchi, more time as a pivot, with Bergeron playing left wing. 

 

On Tuesday, the NHL announced the six players chosen in the fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Game. Only the Penguins and Blackhawks were represented, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will represent Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will go from Chicago.

 

There was no question over who stole the show when Tuukka Rask led the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs Monday night in Toronto (



Nathan Horton had two points and Tuukka Rask turned in a gutsy performance as the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre on Monday night. 

 

Horton, who had not scored a goal in nine games entering the night, beat Leafs goaltender James Reimer from the high slot at 7:56 of the second period and set up a Savard one-timer later in the period. Mikhail Grabovski got the Leafs on the board in the first period, but his breakaway goal was the extent of the Leafs' scoring.

 

According to reports out of Toronto, Tuukka Rask was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice at their morning skate, suggesting the 23-year-old will be the B's starting goalie when they take on the Maple Leafs. 

 

Rask made his 10th start of the season on Saturday, allowing three goals to the Sabres on 16 shots in the first period before getting pulled. This technically marks the first time this season that Rask has started two games in a row. Tim Thomas has played in the last eight games, seven of which he started. 

 

Tim Thomas didn't end up getting the day off after all.



 Tuukka Rask, making his first start since Dec. 15, was pulled from the game after allowing three goals on 16 shots in the first period. The B's led, 4-3, at the time, and went on to lose, 7-6, to the Sabres in a shootout. 

 

Following the game, coach Claude Julien defended the decision in his post-game interview on NESN. 

 

"We felt that we needed some bigger saves," Julien said. "He hasn't played in a while, but still, we needed to win this hockey game, so we thought it was important to make that change."